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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 329K • The Early Romantic Period, 1780-1815 (CANCELLED)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33235 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
PAR 306

Course Description

If "Romantic" names a timeless style and affect, it also names a quite specific period of British literary history: the extraordinary blossoming of poetry and prose that took place amidst the upheavals of the Age of Revolution. In this course we will read the seminal texts of early British Romanticism, poems by Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Blake foremost among them, together with influential treatises by thinkers such as Burke and Wollstonecraft, and with other literary and philosophical works that, although they may not fit comfortably under the description Romantic, were no less integral to the tenor of the times (poems by Crabbe and Hemans, national tales and novels by Scott, Austen, Godwin, and Owenson).

Questions to be addressed include: What puts the Romance in Romanticism? What seems particularly remarkable about how these texts represent or evoke emotion, sentiment, or feeling? What does it mean for a style to seem the spirit of an age? How did the literary traditions and innovations of this particular epoch relate to its public events, such as the French Revolution, renewed British overseas imperialism, and the emergence of the industrial economy and a mass society?

Grading Policy

Three six-page papers 60%
Attendance, participation, occasional quizzes and a final exam 40%


Austen, Sense and Sensibility; Godwin, Caleb Williams; Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl; Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstre; Wolfson and Manning, eds., The Romantics & Their Contemporaries
A small supplemental photocopy packet will be distributed in class.


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